Potter may play ‘Cool’ for 20th

Monica Potter, who co-stars in the upcoming releases “Con Air” and “Pre,” is in final negotiations to star opposite Vince Vaughn (“Swingers”) in John Smith’s “Cool, Dry Place” for Fox 2000, the Laura Ziskin-helmed 20th Century Fox film division.

Katie Jacobs and Gail Mutrux will produce the drama, adapted by Matthew McDuffie from Michael Grant Jaffe’s debut novel, “Dance Real Slow.”

Pic follows the story of a part-time lawyer (Vaughn) whose wife (Potter) walks out on him and their 4-year-old son. Subsequently, the father and son leave the city for rural Kansas, where the man finds a new love. Later, problems arise when Potter’s character comes to the heartland to reclaim her son.

With Potter and Vaughn, “Cool, Dry Place” pairs two of Hollywood’s hottest young thesps. Moreover, the film marks the second high-profile female lead that Potter has garnered in less than a month. In April, she snagged the starring role in Nick Hamm’s Brit comedy “Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel and Lawrence” for Channel 4 Films.

Potter will segue immediately from “Martha, Meet,” which begins lensing in London May 17, to “Cool, Dry,” slated to go before the cameras at the end of June.

Auds will get their first prolonged glimpse of Potter June 6, when the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced, Disney actioner “Con Air” opens. In the pic, Potter portrays the wife of Nicolas Cage’s recently paroled character, who’s enroute to a reunion with his family when he’s caught up in a mid-air hijacking of a prison transport plane.

The 25-year-old Ohio native next will be seen as Billy Crudup’s love interest in Warner Bros.’ “Pre.” The Robert Towne-helmed biopic tells the story of the brash and charismatic Olympic runner Steve Prefontaine, who died in a car accident in 1975, at age 24. Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner produced the film due out in the fall.

Potter is repped by CAA agents Michael Davis and Jennifer Gabler, as well as attorney Barry Hirsch of Armstrong Hirsch.

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